Frequently asked questions

Do you ship honey?

No. At this time, we only sell our honey locally in southwest Missouri.

Why is the business named Summerfield Honey?

"Summerfield" is the street Lisa grew up on and it's the street where Josh and Lisa met for the first time - at a summer block party.

What books/resources do you recommend for aspiring beekeepers?

We have a long list of favorites, but here's our top recommendations. For those curious about honey bees and the professionals who keep them: 1. A Book of Bees by Sue Hubbell 2. Bees Are My Business by Harry J. Whitcombe For beginning beekeepers: 1. Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees by Malcolm Sanford & Richard Bonney 2. The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum For those who want to dive deeper into the science of honey bees and beekeeping: 1. by Randy Oliver 2. Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley 3. The Hive and the Honey Bee by Joe M. Graham 4. The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush

Sophia is adorable. Do you have more photos of her?

Of course we do! Sophia is the unofficial mascot of Summerfield Honey, and the cutest pup around (in our humble opinion). Enjoy!

Where are your hives located?

Summerfield Honey has several apiaries located in Newton & Jasper Counties of southwest Missouri.

What organizations does Summerfield Honey donate to?

In 2020, we donated to: - University of California, Davis Honey Bee Research Facility - Food Share of Ventura County In 2021, we donated to: - Heroes to Hives - Crosslines Ministries Food Pantry - In 2022, we will donate to: - Ozarks Food Harvest -

How can we buy your honey?

If you're local and able to pick up in Joplin, you can place an order on our Contact page.

Why did you move from California to Missouri?

Josh's mother and father were both born in Webb City, Missouri. After years of living on the west coast, it was important to us to live closer to our family and for Josh to get back to his roots.

I have questions about beekeeping. Can you help answer them?

We can try! Submit your beekeeping questions to and we'll do our best to answer them in our monthly newsletters or on our YouTube channel.